UK could save millions in energy costs

LEXINGTON, KY (AP) - An effort to reduce energy costs with structural upgrades and simple reminders to turn off the lights could save the University of Kentucky up to $2.4 million a year.

The retrofit of 61 campus buildings will include modern lighting, new pipes, insulation and upgraded boilers.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports the work is estimated to cost $25 million. Bob Wiseman, UK's vice president for facilities management, says more savings will be realized as energy prices go up.

Wiseman says people on campus will also be encouraged to turn out a light when leaving a room, consolidate several small refrigerators into a large one or wear a sweater at work.

The retrofits should be completed by the end of 2011.

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